OUT: Steve Roberts. Resigned Nov. 29 after going 45-63 in nine seasons
IN: Hugh Freeze, promoted from offensive coordinator Dec. 2.
THE BUZZ: Roberts led Arkansas State to its only bowl appearance and the Sun Belt title in 2005, but the Red Wolves have not had a winning record since that season. Arkansas State went 6-6 three times under Roberts. Even for a Sun Belt job, Arkansas State is difficult. Teams in this league are looking for players to fall through the cracks, but that's much easier in Florida, Texas and Louisiana than in Arkansas. The Red Wolves had success in Division II and Division I-AA, but that has not translated to FBS play. Arkansas State made the somewhat unorthodox move of promoting an assistant off the ex-coach's staff. Freeze was the offensive coordinator this season after serving as head coach at Lambuth College, an NAIA school in Jackson, Tenn., for the previous two seasons. Freeze, who also was an assistant at Ole Miss under Ed Orgeron, probably is best known as the former coach at Memphis Briarcrest Christian when Michael Oher played there. Under Freeze, sophomore QB Ryan Aplin helped Arkansas State rank second in the Sun Belt in scoring offense, total offense and pass offense. Arkansas State broke the school record for total offense with 4,841 yards. The Red Wolves also set school records for first downs, passing first downs, pass completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offensive plays this season.
OUT: Stan Parrish. Fired Nov. 22 after going 6-19 in two seasons
IN:: Pete Lembo, Elon coach. Hired Dec. 20.
THE BUZZ: Ball State showed patience with Brady Hoke, as it took him five seasons for his first winning season in Muncie. Parrish, Hoke's offensive coordinator, did not get the same treatment. He lasted only two seasons, though Ball State doubled its win total in his second year (from two victories to four). Ball State won three MAC titles from 1989-96. Since then, Ball State struggled to stay competitive until Hoke revived the program by going 12-2 in 2008. Most of Ball State's hires have been from the assistant coach ranks, but the Cardinals reached into FCS to replace Parrish. Lembo took over a rebuilding job at Elon, reaching FCS playoffs for the first time in program history in 2009 and achieving the school's first winning season in seven years in 2007. Before Elon, he went 44-14 with two Patriot League championships in five seasons at Lehigh. Even as an assistant, Lembo has never coached in the bowl subdivision (i.e. Division I-A).
OUT: Dan Hawkins. Fired Nov. 9 after going 19-39 in five seasons
IN:Jon Embree, Washington Redskins tight ends coach. Hired Dec. 5.
THE BUZZ: The Hawkins hire looked like a slam dunk when Colorado plucked him from Boise State after a 53-11 run with the Broncos. But on the field, the Buffaloes arguably are in worse shape than when Hawkins arrived in Boulder. Hawkins took Colorado to one bowl and never had a winning season (a 6-6 team lost the Independence Bowl in 2007). Colorado's money woes may have aided in Hawkins sticking around an extra season, but the administration couldn't take any more of the same. As Colorado moves into the Pac-12, it is making a connection to its past with the hiring of Embree, a former Colorado player (tight end) and assistant (under three coaches). Embree is a former assistant with the Redskins and Chiefs in the NFL as well as at UCLA. The Buffs also hired their leading career rusher, Eric Bieniemy, as offensive coordinator. He had been the running backs coach with the Minnesota Vikings. Embree and Bieniemy overlapped as Buffs assistants under Gary Barnett in 2001-02.
OUT: Randy Edsall, hired at Maryland on Jan. 2 after going 65-46 in 12 seasons.
IN: Paul Pasqualoni, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator. Hired Jan. 13.
THE BUZZ: In 12 seasons at Connecticut, Edsall led the Huskies from Division I-AA to the Fiesta Bowl. Edsall's teams were usually in the Big East hunt, but the Huskies won nine games just once and never won an outright conference title (UConn shared the regular season title twice, earning the league's BCS bid in 2010). Despite joining Division I-A in 2000 and the Big East four seasons later, Connecticut became a contender by developing under-recruited players from the Northeast and into Florida and the Southeast. The Huskies job has its challenges, including a limited local recruiting base and the perception of being a basketball school. Pasqualoni returns to college coaching and the Big East after spending the last five seasons as an NFL assistant. Pasqualoni coach Syracuse from 1991-2004, the program's last sustained period of success. He led Syracuse to five consecutive bowl appearances, including the 1998 Fiesta Bowl and 1999 Orange Bowl. Pasqualoni also was coach at Syracuse for the beginning of its decline. The Orange went 16-20 in his final three seasons.
OUT: Urban Meyer. Resigned Dec. 8 after going 64-15 in six seasons.
IN: Will Muschamp, Texas defensive coordinator. Hired Dec. 11.
THE BUZZ: Meyer resigned in December last season, citing health concerns before electing to return to coaching a day later. Although Meyer said the decision to step away this time was not due to immediate health concerns, but reports indicated his health was a factor in the decision to step away. The Florida job is one of the top two or three jobs nationally in terms of resources, recruiting base and alumni support, but Meyer's final season was one of the worst in decades. The new coach will inherit a program that lost five regular season games for the first time since 1988, lost four SEC games for the first time since 2004 and lost to Florida State for the first time since 2003. Although the Gators underachieved last season, the new coach will inherit a deep and talented roster. Florida will turn that roster over to a first-time head coach in Muschamp, who was the coach-in-waiting at Texas. Muschamp has a long resume as an energetic and effective defensive coordinator. He has SEC ties as a defensive coordinator under Nick Saban at LSU and Tommy Tuberville at Auburn.
OUT: Bill Lynch. Fired Nov. 28 after going 19-30 in four seasons; named associate athletic director at Butler
IN: Kevin Wilson, Oklahoma offensive coordinator. Hired Dec. 7.
THE BUZZ: Lynch was elevated to coach after the death of Terry Hoeppner in 2007. He did an admirable job that season by holding the team together on the way to the Insight Bowl, the Hoosiers' first postseason appearance in 14 years. Since then, Indiana slipped to its customary spot at the bottom of the Big Ten standings, going 3-21 in the conference in Lynch's final three seasons. Fans are more anxious to watch the basketball program rebuild, so the new coach needs to be content with playing second-fiddle to hoops. Wilson has been an assistant at Oklahoma for nine seasons, following Mike Leach and Mark Mangino in taking head coaching jobs from the Sooners offensive coordinator post. Wilson was offensive coordinator under Randy Walker at Northwestern and Miami (Ohio), serving on the same offensive staff with Hoeppner at Miami until 1998. Wilson left Northwestern to become the offensive line coach at Oklahoma in 2002.
OUT: Doug Martin. Resigned Nov. 21 after going 28-53 in seven seasons; hired as offensive coordinator at New Mexico State
IN: Darrell Hazell, Ohio State assistant head coach/wide receivers coach. Hired Dec. 20.
THE BUZZ: Martin's departure didn't come as a surprise, as the Golden Flashes never finished better than 6-6 under him. In recent seasons, the Golden Flashes have had a couple of decorated players in RB Eugene Jarvis and QB Julian Edelman, who plays in the NFL as a wide receiver. Kent State is one of the MAC's toughest jobs. The program hasn't had a winning record since going 7-4 in 1984 under Glen Mason. Don James led Kent State to its only bowl, in 1972. Hazell has a long successful career as an assistant at Ohio State, Rutgers and West Virginia. With the Buckeyes, Hazell coached Ted Ginn, Santonio Holmes, Anthony Gonzalez, Dane Sanzenbacher and DeVier Posey.
OUT: Rickey Bustle. Fired Nov. 27 after going 41-65 in eight seasons. Hired at Tulane as quarterback coach.
IN: Mark Hudspeth, Mississippi State wide receiver coach/passing game coordinator. Hired Dec. 12.
THE BUZZ: Sun Belt jobs aren't easy, and Bustle never could get Louisiana-Lafayette over the hump. The Ragin' Cajuns haven't had more than six wins since 1993. Bustle went 6-6 twice and 6-5 once. With Florida International winning the Sun Belt this season, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe and Western Kentucky are the only programs in the conference that haven't played in a bowl and Western is in just its second season in FBS. Louisiana is good recruiting territory, but ULL is down the list for in-state recruits. LSU cleans up in-state, followed by other SEC programs and some schools in the Big 12. Louisiana Tech, Tulane and other Conference USA teams also have picked up a handful of the state's top prospects. Even so, some players of some renown have played at ULL, including Jake Delhomme, Brian Mitchell, Brandon Stokley and Charles Tillman. Hudspeth spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Mississippi State, but before that, he had a successful tenure at Division II North Alabama. Under Hudspeth from 2002-08, North Alabama went 66-12, winning at least 10 games and reaching the Division II quarterfinals in each of his last four seasons.
OUT: Ralph Friedgen. Fired Dec. 20 after going 74-50 in 10 seasons
IN: Randy Edsall, Connecticut head coach. Hired Jan. 2.
THE BUZZ: Maryland fired one of its own in dismissing former offensive lineman Ralph Friedgen. His tenure began with plenty of optimism. The Terrapins won the ACC and went to the Orange Bowl in his first year in 2001. He led the Terps to a 31-8 record in his first three seasons, but the program leveled off in the next few years. His worst season with in 2009 at 2-10, but Maryland rebounded in 2010 by going 8-4 behind freshman quarterback Danny O'Brien. Maryland has not been an elite program since the 1950s, but it can be a consistent bowl team. Edsall spent 12 years at Connecticut. He guided the Huskies out of Division I-AA (now FBS) and into the Big East, where he won a pair of conference titles and earned postseason appearances in each of the last four years. Connecticut lost to Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, but the 52-year-old Edsall emerged as a surprise candidate for the job over New Year's weekend. He beat out former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, who was considered the favorite when the search began on Dec. 20. Edsall built Connecticut into a Big East contender after the program spent most of its existence as a Division I-AA or small college program. His teams generally ran the ball well and played solid defense. He rarely brought highly ranked recruits to Storrs, but Edsall was able to develop recruits from the Northeast and into Florida into solid FBS players and draft picks.
OUT: Randy Shannon. Fired Nov. 27 after going 28-22 in four seasons
IN: Al Golden, Temple coach. Hired Dec. 12.
THE BUZZ: Miami began the season with high hopes, ranked 13th in the preseason polls, and with expectations of contending for its first ACC championship. Instead, Miami finished 7-5, finishing up the regular season with an overtime loss to USF in front of fewer than 27,000 people. Shannon, who won national titles at Miami as a player and as an assistant, did a good job of cleaning up the program's off-field image, but wins did not follow. The Hurricanes have not won 10 games or reached a BCS game since 2003 and have not won a national title since 2001. Miami still turned in top-20 signing classes under Shannon, including the fifth-ranked class in 2008. Shannon and predecessor Larry Coker were internal hires, but Miami almost certainly will look outside the program for a coach for the first time since hiring Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Butch Davis in 1995. The Hurricanes haven't hired a college head coach since Dennis Erickson in 1989. In Golden, Miami hires a coach who excelled in a rebuilding job in a major metropolitan market. He resuscitated the Owls into a competitive FBS team, leading Temple last season to its first bowl game since 1979. Although Temple did not play in the postseason this year, the Owls went 8-4. Golden is the first coach since 1973-74 to lead Temple to back-to-back seasons of eight wins or more.
OUT: Mike Haywood, hired at Pittsburgh on Dec. 16 after going 10-15 in two seasons. (Haywood was fired Jan. 1 after he was arrested on domestic violence charges.)
IN: Don Treadwell, Michigan State offensive coordinator. Hired Dec. 31.
THE BUZZ: Another MAC coach turns around a program and leaves for a more established program. Haywood led the RedHawks to its first MAC championship since 2003 before taking off for Pittsburgh. Miami can be one of the top programs in the MAC, especially with its "Cradle of Coaches" reputation. Its previous head coaches include Ara Parseghian, Bo Schembechler, John Pont, Randy Walker and Terry Hoeppner. Ohio is one of the best states in the MAC for recruiting, and Miami should be able to recruit in the nearby Cincinnati and Dayton area. Treadwell knows the turf well as a former four-year starter at wide receiver at Miami and a former assistant coach in Oxford. He is a longtime offensive assistant with ties to the Midwest as an offensive coordinator for Jim Tressel at Youngstown State (1986-91). He has been Mark Dantonio's offensive coordinator since their days at Cincinnati in 2004.
OUT: Rich Rodriguez. Fired Jan. 5 after going 15-22 in three seasons.
In: Brady Hoke, San Diego State coach. Hired Jan. 11.
THE BUZZ: Rodriguez was an out-of-the-box hire from the start, but little could have gone worse in short-lived tenure. The Wolverines' streak of 33 bowl games ended in his first season. They endured their first consecutive losing seasons since 1962-63. In Rodriguez's only bowl game in 2010, the 52-14 loss to Mississippi State was the worst bowl defeat in school history. Of the field, the program went on NCAA probation for the first time due to excessive practice time among other violations. Michigan's signing classes were the top half of the Big Ten, but Rodriguez signed only one five-star recruit. Simply put, the next coach will have to rebuild a program in worse shape than it was in 2007 when Lloyd Carr was ushered from the sideline. The defense was a liability for all of Rodriguez's tenure, but it was a disaster in his final year. The offense is built around Rodriguez's spread option attack and dynamic sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson. If the Wolverines return to their comfort zone with a "Michigan man," the returning personnel will need to adapt. Hoke fits the bill as someone with Michigan ties - he was an assistant under Lloyd Carr from 1995-2002. Hoke also has experience with reclamation projects. He started slow at Ball State but led the Cardinals to a 12-2 record in his final season in Muncie. In two seasons at perennial underachiever San Diego State, Hoke led the Aztecs to a Poinsettia Bowl victory.
OUT: Tim Brewster. Fired Oct. 17 after going 15-30 in four seasons
IN: Jerry Kill, Northern Illinois coach. Hired Dec. 5.
THE BUZZ: The gamble on Brewster didn't pay off. Brewster never had been a head coach or a coordinator, but he was known as a big-time recruiter. Minnesota was a national power in the 1930s and '40s and won the national championship in 1960. But the Gophers haven't been a consistent factor in the Big Ten since, with their last Rose Bowl appearance in 1962. While Brewster had no coaching experience, Kill has been a college head coach since 1994. Only the last three, at Northern Illinois, have been at the FBS level, but in that span, the Huskies went to three bowl games after going 2-10 the season before his arrival. Before moving to Northern Illinois, Kill led Southern Illinois to five consecutive FCS playoff appearances. From 1994-2000, he coached in Division II at Saginaw (Mich.) Valley State and Emporia (Kan.) State.
OUT: Butch Davis. Fired July 27 after going 28-23 in four seasons.
IN: Everett Withers, promoted to interim head coach July 27.
THE BUZZ: The timing of Davis' dismissal, only weeks before preseason practice, was terrible but perhaps inevitable after a year of NCAA turmoil. Although Davis was never named in the NCAA report, North Carolina was found to have committed academic fraud in addition to former assistant John Blake receiving payments from an NFL agent. The program will move forward with defensive coordinator Withers as head coach with a possible coaching search to follow the 2011 season. North Carolina is not a traditional power in the ACC, but previous coaches -- Mack Brown and Davis included -- have proven the Tar Heels can compete at a high level. The new coach may have to deal with NCAA sanctions which could limit the pool of candidates for the job.
OUT: Todd Dodge. Fired Oct. 20 after going 6-37 in four seasons; hired as Pittsburgh quarterback coach
IN: Dan McCarney, Florida defensive line coach and assistant head coach. Hired Nov. 30.
THE BUZZ: Dodge was one of the nation's most successful high school coaches when North Texas hired him out of Carroll High in the Dallas suburb of Southlake. But that success didn't translate to college ball, as Dodge never won more than two games in a season. North Texas once was one of the most successful teams in the Sun Belt, winning four consecutive league championships and going 25-1 in conference play from 2001-04. But the Mean Green have fallen off the map since. McCarney has proved he can win in a difficult situation. He went 56-85 from 1995-2006 at Iowa State, and the Cyclones went to bowl games in five of his final seven seasons. He signed QB Seneca Wallace at Iowa State, coached DE George Selvie at USF and won a national title as an assistant at Florida.
OUT: Jerry Kill. Hired at Minnesota on Dec. 5 after going 23-16 in three seasons.
IN: Dave Doeren, Wisconsin defensive coordinator. Hired Dec. 13.
THE BUZZ: Northern Illinois has proven it can be a consistent contender in the MAC and occasionally the top team in the MAC. NIU is readying for its third consecutive bowl appearance. The Huskies have been able to find quality running backs from the region, including Michael Turner (Waukegan, Ill.), Garrett Wolfe (Chicago) and Chad Spann (Indianapolis). NIU is one of just three FBS schools in the state of Illinois, which means there is talent available. It also is the only Illinois school in the MAC. The right coach can keep NIU in the MAC title mix, as this is one of the better jobs in the league. NIU turned to the FCS ranks to hire Kill but went for a longtime major-conference assistant to replace their former coach. Doeren has been the defensive coordinator for Wisconsin since 2006 as the Badgers have played in the Rose, Capital One and Outback bowls during his tenure.
OUT: Jim Tressel. Resigned May 30 after going 106-22 in 10 seasons.
IN: Luke Fickell, named interim coach May 30.
THE BUZZ: Tressel's demise at Ohio State could go down as one of the biggest falls from grace for a coach in college football history. Ohio State was a national power under Tressel, who led the Buckeyes to the 2002 national championship, the 2006 and 2007 BCS title games and eight BCS games in 10 seasons. Tressel's downfall began with the suspension of five players, including starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor, for the first five games of the 2011 season when they were found to be trading memorabilia for tattoos. Later, it was revealed Tressel knew of the violations and did not inform the athletic department for several months. As public pressure mounted and an NCAA investigation began, Tressel agreed to serve a five-game suspension himself before stepping down on Memorial Day. Ohio State elevated Fickell, the co-defensive coordinator, to coach for the 2011 season, but a full coaching search is expected to take place for the 2012 season. Candidates could include Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, Michigan State coach and former Ohio State defensive coordinator Mark Dantonio and former Florida coach Urban Meyer.
OUT: Dave Wannstedt. Resigned Dec. 7 after going 42-31 in six seasons. Hired as Buffalo Bills linebacker coach/assistant head coach
IN: Todd Graham, Tulsa coach. Hired Jan. 10.
THE BUZZ: Wannstedt, a Pitt alum, resigned under pressure after six seasons. Wannstedt was a strong recruiter both in landing top-100 recruits (Jonathan Baldwin) and unearthing some hidden gems (Dion Lewis and Greg Romeus). Along the way, Wannstedt proved recruits will come to Pitt, even prospects from South Florida. The influx of talent, however, never translated to a BCS appearance or an outright Big East title. After going 10-3 in 2009, Pittsburgh was picked to win the Big East in the preseason and captured a share of the Big East title in 2010. Losses to Utah, Miami and Notre Dame, though, gave the Panthers a 7-5 record. Along with Syracuse and West Virginia, Pitt remains one of the few Big East programs that can lean on a rich tradition. At the same time, Pittsburgh is a pro city and the Panthers play in an NFL stadium, which had thousands of empty seats near the end of Wannstedt's tenure. Pittsburgh hired Miami (Ohio) coach Mike Haywood but fired him shortly after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge Jan. 1. In place of Haywood, Pittsburgh hired Graham, who arguably had more success in a tougher league. In four seasons at Tulsa, he won at least 10 games four times, won the division three times and won three bowl games. He also led Rice to the New Orleans Bowl in his only season with the Owls. He has Big East experience as an assistant for two seasons under Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia in 2001-02.
SAN DIEGO STATE
OUT: Brady Hoke, hired at Michigan after going 13-12 in two seasons.
IN: Rocky Long, promoted from defensive coordinator Jan. 13.
THE BUZZ: San Diego State traditionally has been one of the nation's most underachieving programs. Since 1978, the Aztecs have had twice as many head coaches (eight) as bowl appearances (four). But this season, Hoke led San Diego State to its first bowl win since 1969. San Diego State's major problem has been recruiting its region; there is a ton of talent in the area, but few top players decided to become Aztecs. Hoke proved the Aztecs can contend in the Mountain West. Following a nine-win seasons, San Diego State has an opportunity to build momentum in a new-look league that will be without BYU, Utah and, eventually, TCU (but adds Boise State). Thus, the new coach actually is walking into a solid situation, unlike most past SDSU hires. With Long, the Aztecs have a coach who is familiar with the recent turnaround SDSU. At the same time he has a long resume in the Mountain West. He coached New Mexico from 1998-2008, leading the Lobos to five bowl games in his last seven seasons.
OUT: Jim Harbaugh. Hired as San Francisco 49ers head coach Jan. 7 after going 29-21 in four seasons.
IN: David Shaw, Stanford offensive coordinator. Hired Jan. 13.
THE BUZZ: Harbaugh resurrected a program that had fallen apart since Tyrone Willingham led the Cardinal to the Rose Bowl in 1999. Players credited Harbaugh's no-nonsense approach for turning Stanford into one of the nation's elite teams in 2010. Stanford finished the regular season ranked fourth in the BCS before beating Virginia Tech 40-12 in the Orange Bowl. Moreover, Stanford has sent two players to New York as Heisman finalists - running back Toby Gerhart last season and quarterback Andrew Luck this season. Stanford will miss Harbaugh, but the return of Luck and seven underclassman starters on defense should give the Cardinal hope they can continue the success of the past two seasons. As always, the rigorous academic standards will be a challenge for the new coach. But unlike other like-minded academic programs, Stanford has a vast talent base in California. The Cardinal also have a better national recruiting base than most like-minded programs. Shaw is a first-time head coach but he has worked alongside Harbaugh since their days at Dan Diego in 2006. Before entering the college ranks, Shaw was an assistant in the NFL from 1997-2005.
OUT: Al Golden, hired at Miami after going 27-34 in five seasons.
IN: Steve Addazio, Florida offensive coordinator. Hired Dec. 23.
THE BUZZ: Golden breathed life into one college football's most moribund programs as the Owls won 17 games the last two years, the best two-year stretch for Temple since 1978-79. With Golden gone, Temple will learn if he turned the culture around for good. At the very least, the Owls found a home in the MAC after 13 seasons of futility in the Big East. In four seasons in the MAC, Temple hasn't had a losing record in conference. Addazio took more than his fair share of blame from fans for Florida's offensive struggles in 2010, but that may not be warranted. Indeed, he was the offensive coordinator, but he was also a noted offensive line coach and recruiter for the Gators' national titles in 2006 and 2008. He is a first-time head coach, but he has experience in the Northeast and Midwest as an assistant at Syracuse and Indiana.
OUT: Todd Graham, hired at Pittsburgh after going 36-17 in four seasons
IN: Bill Blankenship, promoted from senior associate head coach/running back coach.
THE BUZZ: Tulsa has been one of the nation's most overachieving programs in the past seven seasons. The school has one of the smallest enrollments in FBS, but in the past eight seasons under Steve Kragthorpe and Todd Graham, the Golden Hurricane have gone to six bowls. Southern Miss has been the top recruiting team in Conference USA in recent years, but Tulsa, SMU, Houston and UCF have made strides recently. To continue to compete at a high level in the league, Tulsa must get second-tier recruits from in-state while also dipping into Texas, Louisiana and the junior colleges. A former Tulsa quarterback, Blankenship has only four seasons of college coaching experience. He went 205-68 as a high school coaching including consecutive state titles at Tulsa Union in 2004-05. His teams won three overall state titles and had a 56-game home winning streak from 1997-2005.
OUT: Robbie Caldwell. Resigned Nov. 27 after going 2-10 in one season; hired as Clemson offensive line coach
IN: James Franklin, Maryland offensive coordinator. Hired Dec. 17.
THE BUZZ: Caldwell got the job when former coach Bobby Johnson unexpectedly retired in July. Caldwell and much of the staff were present for the 2008 Music City Bowl trip, but the Commodores are 4-20 in the past two seasons. Vanderbilt remains the toughest job in the SEC, but Johnson's teams - for the most part - were at least competitive. Vanderbilt's academic requirements and private-school status (the only one in the SEC) always will be major hurdles, but other programs with similar challenges have been able to field solid programs. Stanford is in the BCS this season, and Northwestern has become a perennial bowl team. Franklin was named Maryland's coach-in-waiting, but the administration parted ways with head coach Ralph Friedgen days after Franklin landed at Vanderbilt. Franklin has been an offensive coordinator at Kansas State (2006-07) and an assistant with the Green Bay Packers (2005), but his best days were at Maryland. He was the Terrapins wide receivers coach when they went 31-8 from 2001-03 and won the ACC in 2002. This season, he tutored freshman quarterback Danny O'Brien as the Terps improved from 2-10 to 8-4 this season.
OUT: Bill Stewart, resigned June 10 after going 28-12 in three seasons
IN: Dana Holgorsen, offensive coordinator promoted June 10.
THE BUZZ: West Virginia planned to replace Bill Stewart, who earned a battlefield promotion after the 2008 Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma, with Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen for the 2012 season. The coach-in-waiting scheme did not work out as planned, however. Holgorsen admitted in May he was intoxicated and escorted out of a West Virginia casino. No charges were filed, but the administration questioned inaccuracies in media reports, perhaps planted by someone within the program. Later, a former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter claimed Stewart asked him to "dig up" dirt on Holgorsen. Stewart resigned amid the controversy, but West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck claimed the departure did not substantiate reports of wrongdoing by Stewart. Holgorsen already named his offensive staff as head coach-in-waiting, leaving only the vacated offensive coordiantor position to fill.